Visiting Assistant Professor of International and Global Studies
B.A. of Ethnic Studies, University of California San Diego; Ph.D. of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Alex Jong-Seok Lee has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California San Diego. Dr. Lee’s scholarly interests include histories of gendered labor in Asia, U.S.-Korea relations, Asian diasporas, and popular culture. At Sewanee, he teaches the following courses: Introduction to International and Global Studies, Globalization and Migration in Asia, Race in Asia, and Youth Cultures of Asia. His research has been published in The Asia Pacific Journal of AnthropologyKalfouTransnational Asia, and the edited volume, Cosmopolitanism and Tourism: Rethinking Theory and Practice. Currently, Dr. Lee is working on a book project tentatively titled Securing Korean Skies: Flight Futures, Fantasies, and Technologies of Care. Based on 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Dubai, Seoul, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Chicago, Securing Korean Skies explores the transnational effects of mobility on South Korean flight attendants.